ERIC Number: EJ847983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Preparing WPAs for the Small College Context
Taylor, Rebecca G.
Composition Studies, v32 n2 p53-73 Fall 2004
This article argues that graduate programs at large research universities do not prepare new WPAs for the realities of administrative work in small colleges. It first presents and then challenges a series of assumptions about the nature of WPA work, the resources available to facilitate that work, and the rhetorical strategies that are most useful for WPAs, suggesting that most of these assumptions fall apart when WPAs leave the large university context. More specifically, the article suggests that when WPAs are not prepared for these contextual differences, they may be unable to construct authority for themselves as professionals. The article concludes with several concrete suggestions for ways that graduate programs might better prepare students for the small college context.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Writing (Composition), Administrators, Administrator Education, Graduate Study, Research Universities, Rhetoric, Resources, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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